Kyle Police Department arrests Tire Slashing Suspect

Sierra Martin | Managing Editor

KYLE — The Kyle Police Department recently arrested Russell Kershaw, 35, of Kyle, in connection with the tire slashings that took place in the Woodlands and Cool Springs neighborhoods.

Dispatch received the first call from the 400 block of Evening Star at 3:48 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Officers were dispatched to the address and while checking the neighborhood, they found more vehicles with tires slashed on multiple streets.

Officers made contact with the vehicle owners and took a total of 31 reports for related incidents spread throughout the Woodlands and Cool Springs neighborhoods.

Later Monday night, at approximately 11:45 p.m., a resident on Silver Springs Bend observed a man acting suspiciously and called 9-1-1. Officers responding to the call found Kershaw in the process of slashing more tires.

Police found an additional 16 tires had been slashed in the Cool Springs neighborhood during Monday night. Police took Kershaw into custody for the 16 tires he had been found in the process of slashing and found the knife they believe was used in the incidents.

After reviewing video, police added the 31 incidents from earlier to his charges. Kershaw was booked into the Hays County Jail on two charges of Felony Criminal Mischief, a State Jail Felony.

Residents that have information concerning this or other related crimes are encouraged to contact the Kyle Police Department at 512-268-3232. 

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